**This event is taking place at the Health Systems Global Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa**
Jonathan Broomberg, CEO, Discovery Health, South Africa
Amanda Glassman, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, USA
Gerard La Forgia, Lead Health Specialist, World Bank
Maureen Lewis, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, USA
Meng Qingyue, Dean of Peking University School of Public Health, China
Despite their centrality to health systems, hospital policy and performance in low- and middle-income countries has largely been neglected by health policymakers and the development community. This session will introduce for the first time a proposed Collaborative for Hospital Performance in Emerging Economies, which aims to improve the performance of hospitals in emerging markets and promote their integration in the broader health delivery system. Discussants will briefly explain the concept and underlying research, and solicit input from participants. The session welcomes a diverse audience including researchers, private sector stakeholders, hospital managers, practitioners and policy makers, particularly from low- and middle-income countries.